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How Should You Dispose of Oil-Based Paints, Spray Paints, Stains and Thinners?

Can of spray paint

Sep 09, 2019

So you’re done with the big painting projects around your house and you want to get rid of the leftover spray paint, stains, oil-based paints and thinners. How should you dispose of them? 

These items are referred to as “household hazardous waste” because they contain poisonous hydrocarbons and high levels of volatile organic compounds, called VOCs, which can pollute the air and cause major health issues. You should never put hazardous waste in your household trash because it can be harmful to our environment and to human health if not handled properly.

Instead, household hazardous waste can be taken to a location that accepts this type of material. SWACO offers two convenient ways for Franklin County residents to safely discard their household hazardous waste for FREE. 

  1. You can take it to SWACO’s permanent Household Hazardous Waste Center, located at 645 E. 8th Ave. (the corner of E. 8th and Essex avenues just south of the Ohio State Fairgrounds). The center is open Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  2. You can also take your household hazardous waste to one of SWACO’s free mobile collection events, which are held in various communities throughout the year. Visit SWACO’s website to find out the dates, times and locations of upcoming events.   

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